- Obtain application from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (see address and phone below).
- To become an apprentice in the state of Wisconsin, one must first be
indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS).
- Complete and return your application with a copy of a high school
transcript or GED.
- Contact an employer on your own. Each company has its own
requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program.
- Once you have a sponsor, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship
Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and
apprentice applications, call the Bureau of Apprenticeship
Standards office 715.738.3853
Contact for Bureau of
770 Scheidler Road
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
WITC Rice Lake
715.234.7082, ext. 5113
715.234.7082, ext. 5289
Apprenticeship InformationWork Description:
Maintenance mechanics, machine repairers and
millwrights install, dismantle or move machinery and heavy equipment according
to layout plans, blueprints or other drawings. They keep machines, mechanical
equipment or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve
pipefitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, repairing
electrical or mechanical equipment, installing, aligning and balancing new
equipment and repairing buildings, floors or stairs. Essentially these
individuals repair the buildings and everything mechanically within its
Maintenance mechanics, machine repairers and millwrights employed in
manufacturing or repairs often work in a typical factory setting and use
protective equipment such as safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats to
avoid common hazards.
- High school diploma or GED
- Age 18 or over
- Physically capable of performing the trade
- Entry requirements vary by employer.
Terms of Apprenticeship:
- 4-year training program
- 7,424 hours on-the-job training
- 576 hours of paid related instruction over a 4-year period
- Classroom instruction is scheduled every other week which includes 18
eight-hour days during the academic year.
The apprentice is paid a wage while training with the sponsoring
employer. Wisconsin law requires a progressive schedule for wage increases
during the term of the contract. The apprentice’s wage is guided by the
skilled wage rate paid in the same trade.